Endorsement from Professor Alison Phipps, University of Sussex

I am delighted to endorse Jo Grady’s grassroots candidacy for UCU General Secretary. I got to know Jo during the 2018 pensions strikes, during which she was a clarion, vital voice of comradeship and expertise. I support all her manifesto commitments, especially around fighting casualisation and marketisation, and ending the hostile environment. She fully understands the realities of working in the contemporary higher education sector, and I trust her to be a voice for the most pressured, precarious and lowest-paid amongst us. With a re-animated UCU following the 2018 strike action, Jo promises the change we need to both strategise for and make a radical and values-based intervention into the sector. I believe in the power of unions, and I believe in Jo Grady.